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Keto, the time has come, long over due really.

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Try Allulose. It has the least after taste and no cooling effect. Google keto mug cakes too. There are some great ones. I honestly don’t mind erythritol either. Just know in higher amounts it has a little cooling effect on the tongue. I’m not a keto “purist” and have no issues with using sucralose either. Splenda in powdered form has to much maltodextrin but liquid sucralose is perfect for sweetening drinks.
forktender forktender , what ^^^ said lol.

Allulose and Erytritol are going to be your best bet.

They both taste like sugar but are only about 70% as sweet.
Both are naturally occurring in the world, meaning a man didn't mix chemicals in a lab to invent them.
Both are easy on the digestive system as long as you don't eat like 100gms in a sitting. Even then I know Erythritol will make you go to the bathroom like coffee makes most people go. The other man made alternatives can have major laxative effects... not fun lol.
Both work in about the same amount by weight as far as I can tell.
Both avoid causing an insulin response which is a big deal. Insulin leads to fat creation when the excess glucose is not immediately burned up.
Both are zero calorie, zero net carb. (you pee and poop this all out)


Where they differ:
  • Erythritol can have a slight cooling effect when higher amounts used, think like a little bit of a mint cooling effect. I don't really notice it anymore or I don't use enough to get it in many cases. It's not uncomfortable at all and is often refreshing especially during hot TX times of the year hahah
  • Erythritol is MUCH less expensive and more widely available (avoid Swerve and you avoid the high markup, good prices can be found online)
  • Erythritol will crystalize up on you if it dissolves and then gets exposed to air (made home made sugar free gummy bears and after 1 day in the fridge they have a light coating from the sweetener recrystallizing) if making a cake icing this will not be an issue. Takes more time to dissolve.
  • Erythritol is usually a granulated sugar consistency

  • Allulose has no cooling effect or anything like that
  • Allulose is definitely more expensive and harder to get your hands on (usually you can only find online)
  • Allulose dissolves and does not recrystallize so was a better option for my sugar free gummy bear treats. Dissolves faster and easier since it is finer grain.
  • Allulose is a finer grain consistency. Consistency is between powdered sugar and granulated sugar.

I use both but 95% of the time I'm going with Erythritol. Alluose is used when I need no crystallization to occur, which is only in a couple of cases for me and the things I make.

Here's some options for you:

Allulose $9.50/lb
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Erythritol $4.75/lb
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I hope this info helps :)
 
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What are some examples of the real sugar use you miss and pasta dishes?
As far as sugary foids go it would be cookies and baked goods. Pastas would be marinara, and rigatoni or Pena.
 

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Try Allulose. It has the least after taste and no cooling effect. Google keto mug cakes too. There are some great ones. I honestly don’t mind erythritol either. Just know in higher amounts it has a little cooling effect on the tongue. I’m not a keto “purist” and have no issues with using sucralose either. Splenda in powdered form has to much maltodextrin but liquid sucralose is perfect for sweetening drinks.
For sure I will be trying these.
Thank you very much.
Dan
 

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Last week, my wife and I had our yearly physicals and I gained some unneeded Covid weight, so it's time to crack down and lose some of it for health reasons. This isn't going to be easy, as we love our carbs in our house. I need to find a few things, if you could help me, I'd surely appreciate it. Here are a few things that I need to find a substitute for.

#1: bread, both sandwich and dinner rolls.
#2: tortillas and pasta.
#3: flour.
#4:BBQ sauce .
#5: recipes, techniques, and ideas.

Thank you.
It may not be as bad as you think. You may want to "join" MyFitnessPal (MFP) to find out what you daily caloric intake should be to maintain your current weight...then drop it 500 calories per day to lose about a pound per week. MFP can also calculate your max carbs per day. For me it is about 55 for my height/weight/age. I know you have pages of advice before this post so I won't bore you any longer except for this....I lost 80 pounds in 18 months while still drinking bourbon... (250 lbs down to 170 lbs).
  • I did Keto for about 1/3 of that,
  • weight watchers for the next 1/3 and something really crazy,
  • counting calories (i.e. portion control) and doing exercise to lose the last 1/3 (it'll never catch on!)
Good luck! Send a PM if you want more info on MFP.
 

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Try Allulose. It has the least after taste and no cooling effect. Google keto mug cakes too. There are some great ones. I honestly don’t mind erythritol either. Just know in higher amounts it has a little cooling effect on the tongue. I’m not a keto “purist” and have no issues with using sucralose either. Splenda in powdered form has to much maltodextrin but liquid sucralose is perfect for sweetening drinks.
If I don't respond to posts right away it's because I am dog sitting and have crappy internet at the place I am staying. I will check this thread as soon as I get to an area that has a better web connection.

I am very grateful for everyone that has responded to this thread. It really means a lot to me.

Thank you all VERY MUCH!!!!
Dan
 

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It may not be as bad as you think. You may want to "join" MyFitnessPal (MFP) to find out what you daily caloric intake should be to maintain your current weight...then drop it 500 calories per day to lose about a pound per week. MFP can also calculate your max carbs per day. For me it is about 55 for my height/weight/age. I know you have pages of advice before this post so I won't bore you any longer except for this....I lost 80 pounds in 18 months while still drinking bourbon... (250 lbs down to 170 lbs).
  • I did Keto for about 1/3 of that,
  • weight watchers for the next 1/3 and something really crazy,
  • counting calories (i.e. portion control) and doing exercise to lose the last 1/3 (it'll never catch on!)
Good luck! Send a PM if you want more info on MFP.
Congratulations, that is awesome!!!!

I will check it out when I have a better internet connection.

You would think, that living smack dab, in a huge city that they could figure out how to supply a useful internet/cell reception. I have to sit out in the back yard. In one spot to get a signal. Hahaha!

I'm pretty much staying at a friend's house for the next few days watching his dog, 140 pound male Labrador retriever.
He's not fat, just BIG!!!
 

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forktender forktender , what ^^^ said lol.

Allulose and Erytritol are going to be your best bet.

They both taste like sugar but are only about 70% as sweet.
Both are naturally occurring in the world, meaning a man didn't mix chemicals in a lab to invent them.
Both are easy on the digestive system as long as you don't eat like 100gms in a sitting. Even then I know Erythritol will make you go to the bathroom like coffee makes most people go. The other man made alternatives can have major laxative effects... not fun lol.
Both work in about the same amount by weight as far as I can tell.
Both avoid causing an insulin response which is a big deal. Insulin leads to fat creation when the excess glucose is not immediately burned up.
Both are zero calorie, zero net carb. (you pee and poop this all out)


Where they differ:
  • Erythritol can have a slight cooling effect when higher amounts used, think like a little bit of a mint cooling effect. I don't really notice it anymore or I don't use enough to get it in many cases. It's not uncomfortable at all and is often refreshing especially during hot TX times of the year hahah
  • Erythritol is MUCH less expensive and more widely available (avoid Swerve and you avoid the high markup, good prices can be found online)
  • Erythritol will crystalize up on you if it dissolves and then gets exposed to air (made home made sugar free gummy bears and after 1 day in the fridge they have a light coating from the sweetener recrystallizing) if making a cake icing this will not be an issue. Takes more time to dissolve.
  • Erythritol is usually a granulated sugar consistency

  • Allulose has no cooling effect or anything like that
  • Allulose is definitely more expensive and harder to get your hands on (usually you can only find online)
  • Allulose dissolves and does not recrystallize so was a better option for my sugar free gummy bear treats. Dissolves faster and easier since it is finer grain.
  • Allulose is a finer grain consistency. Consistency is between powdered sugar and granulated sugar.

I use both but 95% of the time I'm going with Erythritol. Alluose is used when I need no crystallization to occur, which is only in a couple of cases for me and the things I make.

Here's some options for you:

Allulose $9.50/lb
amazon" style="max-width:120px">
Erythritol $4.75/lb
amazon" style="max-width:120px">
I hope this info helps :)
Good post! I also use allulose in any sauces such as a caramel sauce. I am going to try using it in my next korean bbq sauce and use brown sugar flavoring instead of using Brown swerve due to crystallization. I tend to use it now in many of my desserts too. I buy it by the 5 lbs bag to save a little. I do also love Swerve Brown. It’s simply hard to beat as a brown sugar sub. I also use Golden Lakanto which is a blend of erythritol and monk fruit. Such a nice mapely taste to it. The other thing I do is research mt sweeteners prior to bribing on the house as there are a couple that are deadly to dogs. Xylitol is a huge no no and deadly to dogs in very small amounts. I won’t have it or products either it in my house. I recently discovered that a sweetener called Boca sweet likely had similar impact on dogs due to its chemical similarity to xylitol.
 

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Relative to apps and low carb / keto lifestyle you may find Carb Manager very handy. Will track calories and macros if you want to get really dialed in.
 

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Good post! I also use allulose in any sauces such as a caramel sauce. I am going to try using it in my next korean bbq sauce and use brown sugar flavoring instead of using Brown swerve due to crystallization. I tend to use it now in many of my desserts too. I buy it by the 5 lbs bag to save a little. I do also love Swerve Brown. It’s simply hard to beat as a brown sugar sub. I also use Golden Lakanto which is a blend of erythritol and monk fruit. Such a nice mapely taste to it. The other thing I do is research mt sweeteners prior to bribing on the house as there are a couple that are deadly to dogs. Xylitol is a huge no no and deadly to dogs in very small amounts. I won’t have it or products either it in my house. I recently discovered that a sweetener called Boca sweet likely had similar impact on dogs due to its chemical similarity to xylitol.
My wife, has been in the veterinary field for over 35 yrs, she warned me how deadly it can be to animals.
I keep my Keto treats where our dog can't get to them after hearing that news.
 

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3 week update.
I've found it easier than I thought to go full Keto.
Today was weigh in day and I've lost 13 lbs so far.
I'm pretty tired of eating like a bunny, but I'm sticking with it.
When people tell me I'm full of crap, I just agree with them now. I know it's T.M.I but holy cow eating this way makes you crap like an elephant 3X a day is normal now .
I haven't felt the need for a cheat day yet, thanks to you guys, but I know it's coming.
I'm going to try to make it until Christmas dinner.

Thank you all very much, I couldn't of done it without y'all.


37 more pounds to go, then I might adjust the goal weight.

I just found out that I might need another spinal fusion, not to thrilled about the recovery period.
I'll know more by next week.

Being lighter will be huge if I do go under the knife again.
Brutal!!!!!

Dan.

P.S. If I do need surgery I won't do it until waterfowl season is over in January. I live for this crap.
Wish me luck.
 

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3 week update.
I've found it easier than I thought to go full Keto.
Today was weigh in day and I've lost 13 lbs so far.
I'm pretty tired of eating like a bunny, but I'm sticking with it.
When people tell me I'm full of crap, I just agree with them now. I know it's T.M.I but holy cow eating this way makes you crap like an elephant 3X a day is normal now .
I haven't felt the need for a cheat day yet, thanks to you guys, but I know it's coming.
I'm going to try to make it until Christmas dinner.

Thank you all very much, I couldn't of done it without y'all.


37 more pounds to go, then I might adjust the goal weight.

I just found out that I might need another spinal fusion, not to thrilled about the recovery period.
I'll know more by next week.

Being lighter will be huge if I do go under the knife again.
Brutal!!!!!

Dan.

P.S. If I do need surgery I won't do it until waterfowl season is over in January. I live for this crap.
Wish me luck.
Congrats on the progress! Keep it up!
I hope you get to bag plenty of ducks soon as well :)
 

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